Aspire Black Suffolk's founder and co-director, Elma Glasgow, won a national award at the Museums Association annual conference in Edinburgh on Thursday 3 November for her work in connecting communities with museums.
After being shortlisted alongside Zara Yeaman for the Hunterian's Curating Discomfort exhibition and Diana Foster for A Space for Us Museum in Camden, judges picked Elma for the 2022 Museums Change Lives 'Radical Changemaker' award for her community engagement activities in Suffolk.
The judges said: "Elma brought together over 30 partners to create and deliver Power of Stories – an ambitious touring exhibition and events programme celebrating African and Caribbean heritages in Suffolk. Elma’s drive to celebrate Black heritage in Suffolk has created opportunities for thousands of people to connect, understand, and explore previously exclude histories. Seeing the need for museums to change, Elma founded ‘Aspire Black Suffolk’, a C.I.C. which supports museums to connect and collaborate with local Black communities."
After being nominated by an employee at Ipswich Museums, Elma's award recognises and celebrates outstanding practice by UK museums delivering social impact. They promote the best examples of work by museums and individuals that support communities and engage with contemporary issues.
Elma won an award, a framed certificate, award and a cash prize of £500.